DeMar DeRozan was at it again on Sunday night, putting on a clinic in what Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Carmelo Anthony says is a lost art that DeRozan has mastered, the midrange game.
Carmelo on DeMar DeRozan's success in the 4th qtr: "The fact that he utilizes the midrange. I know a lot of people want to discredit that part of the game, but I think that's a lost art. I think the midrange game is a lost art and DeMar is one of the guys who mastered that."
— Ryan Ward (@RyanWardLA) December 20, 2021
DeRozan torched the Lakers for 38 points, 19 of which came in the fourth quarter as the Bulls completed the season sweep of the Lakers with a 115-110 victory at the United Center. It’s good to have DeRozan back in the lineup, but even DeMar can’t wait for Zach LaVine to make his return sometime next week, and he said as much after the game in another one of those feel-good moments in the bromance between Zach and DeMar.
DeRozan on LaVine absence: "He makes my job so much easier. I texted him after the game, 'Get your ass back as soon as possible.'"
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) December 20, 2021
LaVine will be sidelined through the Christmas holiday as he remains in the Health & Safety Protocols but is eligible to clear the protocols on December 26. The Bulls play the Indiana Pacers on December 26 at 7:00 pm (CT), but might that be unreasonable to believe that LaVine would be ready to play the same day they’re eligible to return? I would imagine that December 27 in Atlanta or December 29 at home against Atlanta would be a more accurate return to play date for that trio. Either way, when these two are on the floor together, the Bulls are pretty tough to beat.
DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine have scored a combined 128 points in the last two nights in wins over the Clippers and Lakers at the Staples Center.
— Patrick K. Flowers (@PatrickKFlowers) November 16, 2021
Remember when folks said that Zach and DeMar wouldn’t work? Lol, good times.